Are you like me? I sit in the church service with my smartphone on and as the pastor preaches I surf web sites like www.bible.org and double check what the pastor is saying against three commentaries and two Bible translations.
Steve Moore of The Mission Exchange talks about this. He quotes Robert Murdock who says, “Power is moving away from the old elite in our industries, the editors, the chief executives and lets face it, the proprietors. A new generation of media consumers are demanding content delivered when they want it how the want it and very much as they want it.” We really could say that power is moving from the pastoral hierarchy to the people in the pew.
I love what Moore says: “Now that information has been democratized and initiative has been decentralized, the power brokers of the old school are discovering, ‘We are no longer in control.’ Get use to it.”
This reality is changing the way churches and missions operate. You can see a video of Steve talking about these things and more in his video blog for March here: The ‘Punkification’ of Missions: Why a Download Paradigm doesn’t work in an Upload World. He has about 5 minutes of introduction so if you want to just hear about the topic then skip to minute 5 second 10. I think that is where he starts..